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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bargain Wine of the Week: 2007 Healdsburg Ranches Chardonnay

This wine's suggested retail price is $14, but we found it for $9.91.

Healdsburg Ranches is a proudly "unoaked Chardonnay," which means that it's not the typical oaky and buttery California Chard that starts thick and ends with a big round finish, reflecting its fermentation in French oak barrels.

Aged in stainless steel, the wine is effervescent and fresh-tasting. It lingers, but the finish is lean. There is a taste of citrus and pear, which is especially nice on a hot August night.

Healdsburg Ranches is in Sonoma County, an area known for producing good wine (Clos du Bois comes to mind).

Even if you love oaky Chards — and we do — this is a great summer wine, and it goes well with lighter foods such as fish, white meat, vegetables, and mild cheeses.

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